Our Team


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Priscilla Cortez, Executive Director
pcortez@vlsoct.org
Tel: (512) 640-7744
Fax: (512) 322-0764

In concert with the Board of Directors, Priscilla is responsible for the direction and administration of the organization, including program operations, fundraising and volunteer and community relations.

Contact her regarding:

  • Organizational matters
  • Firm and individual volunteer participation
  • Media matters
  • Legal guidance

Anna K. Meyers, Deputy Director
akmeyers@vlsoct.org
Tel: (512) 640-7745
Fax: (512) 322-0764

Anna K. is responsible for the daily operation of the evening legal advice clinics, the Family Law Clinic program, and the assisted pro se programs. She assists the Executive Director with administrative aspects of the organization. She also handles all the CLE seminars.

Contact her regarding:

  • Volunteering
  • Evening legal advice clinics
  • Family Law Clinic program
  • Assisted pro se clinics
  • CLE seminars

Katie Valle, Staff Attorney
kvalle@vlsoct.org
Tel: (512) 640-7741
Fax: (512) 322-0764

Katie assists attorney volunteers with their cases by answering questions, providing assistance with forms, and giving strategic and practical advice. Katie also helps volunteers with finding court reporters, mediators and interpreters. Katie reviews all family law cases prior to placement and assists clients who need minimal legal assistance. Katie handles a small caseload and the assisted pro se clinics that are handled in-house, such as the assisted pro se divorce clinics where there has been a history of domestic violence.

Contact her regarding:

  • Forms and answers to questions for attorney volunteers
  • Client concerns
  • Scheduling mediators, court reporters for depositions, interpreters, and translators
  • Citation by publication

Jonathan Buck, Staff Attorney
jbuck@vlsoct.org
Tel: (512) 640-7740
Fax: (512) 322-0764

Jonathan is our General Law Staff Attorney. He assists attorney volunteers with their cases by answering questions and providing assistance, and helps volunteers find court reporters, mediators and interpreters. Jonathan reviews all general law cases prior to placement, and assists clients who need minimal legal assistance.

Contact Jonathan regarding:

  • Forms and answers to questions for attorney volunteers handling general law cases
  • Client concerns
  • Scheduling mediators, court reporters for depositions, interpreters, and translators
  • Citation by publication

Diana Villegas, General Law Case Placement Coordinator
dvillegas@vlsoct.org
Tel: (512) 640-7739
Fax: (512) 322-0764

Diana places all the general law cases with attorney volunteers for representation. She speaks fluent Spanish and helps with translation and interpretation for our Spanish-speaking clients. Diana also interviews all divorce applicants with cases not involving domestic violence who speak only Spanish. She attends the Wednesday night legal advice and intake clinics to assist attendees and volunteers.

Contact her regarding:

  • General law case placement
  • General law client issues
  • Coordinating notary and witnesses for wills and homebound wills

Martha Contreras, Domestic Violence Case Placement Coordinator
mcontreras@vlsoct.org
Tel: (512) 640-7742
Fax: (512) 322-0764

Martha interviews all family law applicants with cases involving domestic violence. She is also responsible for referring these cases to attorney volunteers for representation. She is a Spanish-speaker and helps with translation and interpretation for our Spanish-speaking clients. Martha also helps with the assisted pro se clinics and attends the Monday night legal advice clinics to help clients and volunteers.

Contact her regarding:

  • Placement of family law cases involving domestic violence
  • Clients with family law cases involving domestic violence

Lexie Cooper, Outreach Coordinator
lcooper@vlsoct.org
Tel: (512) 640-7748
Fax: (512) 322-0764

Lexie manages the logistics for outreach efforts to connect with clients outside of the immediate Austin area. She coordinates with local community services in areas outside of Austin, and assists with organizing legal clinics in rural parts of Travis county as well as Bastrop county and Hays County. Lexie also interviews potential clients and assists with the placement of cases with pro bono attorneysShe speaks Spanish and assists with translation and interpretation for our clients.

Contact her regarding:

  • Volunteering for the Outreach Program, or to be an Attorney On Call
  • Hays & Bastrop County attorney volunteer opportunities
  • Anything to do with outreach efforts outside of the immediate Austin area

Nada Herbly, Development Associate
nherbly@vlsoct.org
Tel: (512) 640-7746
Fax: (512) 322-0764

Nada handles the administrative aspects of VLS’ development activities. She is responsible for managing and expanding fund-raising opportunities through data management, donor stewardship, correspondence with potential donors and event planning.

Contact her regarding:

  • Information on your donation history
  • Questions about upcoming donor events
  • Questions regarding how to donate

Sandra Martinez, Program Assistant
smartinez@vlsoct.org
Tel: (512) 640-7747
Fax: (512) 322-0764

Sandra processes all the information that we receive on our clients and from our attorney volunteers. She prepares all the documentation for our attorney volunteers for their cases and maintains contact throughout the entirety of the case. Sandra also assists clients with questions and problems and keeps the in-house assisted pro se clinics running smoothly. She is fluent in Spanish and assists with translation and interpretation for clients.

Contact her regarding:

  • Case updates and final disposition forms
  • Scheduling rooms for client meetings
  • Legal assistance if you are not a current client. Also, click on Get Help, Legal Advice for more information
  • Anything else that’s not listed above and when you don’t know who to call